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Jabrill Peppers on Heisman experience: I wish I could do it again. Hopefully I can do it again.

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Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson took home the Heisman Trophy Saturday night in New York, which was to be expected. Michigan’s all-around standout Jabrill Peppers was invited to New York as a finalist, and he made sure to soak it all in because you just never know if you will receive that kind of unique experience again. In a post-Heisman Trophy interview with Big Ten Network, Peppers may have potentially let his future plans slip (well, maybe).

“It was a tremendous experience. I wish I could do it all again,” Peppers said reflecting on the evening. “Hopefully I can do it again.”

Some might hear that and think Peppers just spilled the beans on his future plans by suggesting he will not have this experience again as he could be heading to the NFL in 2017. Peppers has not confirmed that will be happening as of yet, but there was no doubt he did in fact enjoy the entire experience of being in New York.

“I’m just going to keep doing whatever it takes to win. I’m going to keep proving the haters and the doubters wrong, and keep doing what’s best for me and my family,” Peppers said later in the interview when asked what he wants people to know about him following his Heisman finalist experience. “Whoever don’t like it, so be it, but they’re going to watch me be great.”

It sure sounds like Peppers is about to leave for the NFL, but we will just have to continue waiting to see for sure.

Report: Jabrill Peppers’ mother interviewing NFL agents

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Could Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers be on his way to the NFL? According to a report from The Detroit Free Press on Monday, it appears that could be in the works for the redshirt sophomore.

For now, Peppers’ mother is reportedly interviewing potential NFL agents in order to find one that will be best suited to handle her son’s future professional career.

It is worth pointing out Peppers has never said he is definitely staying at Michigan or leaving for the NFL, but his talent is known to be ready to perhaps make the jump to the NFL as soon as next season, if somebody can just figure out where to play him on the field.

The timing of it all would seem to make sense. Michigan is a team heavy on upper classmen and next year could probably be a mild step back. If this was Michigan’s best chance to win something big with Peppers, then making a decision to leave for the next level would make some sense too.

No. 2 Ohio State clips No. 3 Michigan in overtime classic; waiting for Big Ten East continues

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No. 2 Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) battled its way back from a double-digit lead in a game that saw Urban Meyer outcoached by Jim Harbaugh for much of the afternoon, and came away with a wild victory in double overtime that will be remembered for years to come. Ohio State’s double-overtime victory over No. 3 Michigan (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) moved Ohio State one step closer to an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game next weekend, but the Buckeyes no longer control the fate of the division. Instead, the hopes of a Big Ten East Division crown rest in Happy Valley, where Penn State is taking on Michigan State.

Curtis Samuel ripped off a 15-yard walk-off touchdown run after Ohio State managed to survive by the slimmest of distances on a fourth down play. JT Barrett took the ball and ran for a hard-fought first down on a fourth and one play, down 27-23. Forward progress would come into play to help the Buckeyes stay alive, giving Samuel a chance to celebrate a wild win. And wild it most certainly was.

Barrett took the ball up the middle for a touchdown run on Ohio State’s first possession of overtime, but it was Michigan that would pull out the fourth down dramatics with the game on the line at the end of the first overtime. On fourth and goal, Wilton Speight connected with Amara Darboh in the back of the end zone to keep things going, with a successful PAT to tie the game and force a second overtime. The Wolverines struck first in the second overtime with a 37-yard field goal by Kenny Allen, which set up the situation for all the marbles and bragging rights for a year for the Buckeyes.

Special teams was a disaster for the Buckeyes all afternoon. Tyler Durbin missed two field goals, including a supposed chip shot in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game at 17-17. It missed wide left, just as a field goal try in the first half sailed on the opening offensive series for Ohio State. Punter Cameron Johnston was stopped well shy of a first down on a bizarre fourth-and-seven fake punt attempt from the Ohio state 19-yard line. Michigan’s offense took advantage of the short field position with a Khalid Hill touchdown pass from Wilton Speight five plays later, building a 10-point advantage (17-7) early in the third quarter.

Barrett ended the day with 124 passing yards and a game-high 125 rushing yards. Michigan was limited to 91 rushing yards as a team. Ohio State had just 81 yards of offense in the first half but ended the game with 330-310 advantage in total offense. For Michigan, turnovers were the difference, with three turnovers leading to 14 points, including a first half pick-six.

Special teams also cost Ohio State at the end of the first half. After Malik Hooker picked off a pass by Speight and returned it a short distance for Ohio State’s first score of the game, Jabrill Peppers returned the ensuing kick to the Michigan 45-yard line, giving the Wolverines great starting field position late in the first half to answer. They did just that with a well-run touchdown drive to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 10-7 halftime lead.

With the win, Ohio State now must wait to see how Penn State does against Michigan State this afternoon. If Penn State beats the Spartans, then the Nittany Lions will play for the Big Ten Championship thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker with Ohio State. That will conclude Ohio State’s regular season at 11-1, but the Buckeyes may still be in an excellent position to secure a College Football Playoff berth after entering this weekend ranked second behind Alabama. It is unlikely Ohio State will fall in the rankings and should feel good about their odds of being chosen for the playoffs even as a non-division champion. It would be the first time a non-division (and non-conference) champion would reach the College Football Playoff in its third year of operation.

Michigan should still be an attractive option in the New Years Six bowl line-up, perhaps for the Rose Bowl, but that may also depend on what happens with Penn State. Whatever happens, the Wolverines will be a very formidable foe for whomever they face in the bowl season. And who knows, maybe crazy things happen and Michigan sneaks right back into the playoff picture?

Michigan powers ahead of Ohio State just before halftime

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Malik Hooker picked off a poor pass over the middle under duress from Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown late in the first half. It was the only touchdown of the half for either team,but the Wolverines responded in the final minutes to take a 10-7 halftime lead in Ohio Stadium in a crucial game for Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff scenarios.

After it seemed Ohio State scored a momentum-shifting touchdown, Michigan answered in a big way. Jabrill Peppers returned the ensuing kickoff 44 yards to give the Wolverines starting field position at the Michigan 45-yard line, and Speight completed six straight pass attempts to move the ball down to the seven-yard line in the final minute of the half. The Buckeyes buckled down on the next few plays to prevent the Wolverines from pushing across the goal line until third down when Khalid Hill finally pushed one yard for a go-ahead touchdown.

Ohio State whiffed on a chance to pick up points on their first offensive series. Despite working their way 72 yards down the field after starting at their eight-yard line, Ohio State was stopped just inside the red zone and had to settle for a field goal try, but Tyler Durbin pushed his 37-yard try wide left.

Speight had the one costly mistake but has had a solid first half by completing 15-of-20 attempts for 141 yards. Amara Darboh is Michigan’s leading receiver with 47 yards on five receptions. Jake Butt has added 38 yards on three catches as well. Ohio State has managed just 81 yards of offense so far against the Wolverines and will have to find a way to get things going on that side of the football in order to come back, unless the defense can score another touchdown.

A Michigan win would give the Wolverines the Big Ten East Division crown and send them to their first Big Ten Championship Game next week in Indianapolis to play Wisconsin. If Ohio State battles back and wins, it opens the door for Penn State later this afternoon to wiggle their way to Indy.

Updated odds give Alabama 1/1 odds to win national championship; Lamar Jackson 1/50 to win Heisman

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After an eventful weekend of college football this past weekend it would appear not a whole lot has actually change din the national championship picture. One thing that became nearly crystal clear, if it wasn’t already, is that Alabama is quite the prohibitive favorite to win it all. On Monday, the updated national championship odds from Bovada gave Alabama the best possible odds yet; 1/1.

Last week at this time, Alabama was tabbed an 11/10 favorite to win it all by Bovada, but now they have been moved to 1/1. Ohio State also benefitted from this weekend’s craziness, getting moved to 5/2 odds. Louisville also moved ahead of Clemson with 15/2 odds while the Tigers and Michigan each were given a 10/1 shot.

Two teams were dropped off the board (Auburn and Virginia Tech) while four were added. Penn State, Washington State, Colorado and Utah each jumped on the board at 66/1.

  • Alabama 1/1
  • Ohio State 5/2
  • Louisville 15/2
  • Clemson 10/1
  • Michigan 10/1
  • Wisconsin 20/1
  • Oklahoma 25/1
  • Washington 33/1
  • West Virginia 50/1
  • Penn State 66/1
  • Oklahoma State 66/1
  • Washington State 66/1
  • Colorado 66/1
  • Utah 66/1
  • Florida 75/1

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is also a runaway favorite for the Heisman Trophy, with Bovada giving him 1/50 odds.

  • Lamar Jackson 1/50
  • Jabrill Peppers 12/1
  • Deshaun Watson 16/1
  • JT Barrett 25/1
  • Jake Browning 40/1